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Interzone / Re: Objective driven cities
« on: May 01, 2014, 04:26:54 PM »
The debate is shaping up in a manner similar to that of the theists versus the atheists. The theists may cite a series of past miracles against the odds. The atheists may acknowledge all the past miracles but remind the theists that the next expected miracle nonetheless isn't therefore guaranteed and additionally represents a deviation in kind from all the rest.

This secular faith in man's inevitable overcoming is simply an outgrowth of modern liberal progressivism. That in turn as has been restated here so much (and perhaps by Nietzsche) is simply a result of our transformation from a theocentric to an anthropocentric culture, not an evolutionary step. Familiar evangelical "good news gospel" hallmarks are reflected in typical liberal proclamations like that shown in the quoted Wall Street Journal article.

I'd say hoping for microfusion power plants is equivalent to centering our society around the Second Coming. Not very prudent!

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Interzone / Re: Objective driven cities
« on: May 01, 2014, 02:57:35 PM »
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"We are using 50% more resources than the Earth can sustainably produce, and unless we change course, that number will grow fast—by 2030, even two planets will not be enough," says Jim Leape, director general of the World Wide Fund for Nature International (formerly the World Wildlife Fund).

But here's a peculiar feature of human history: We burst through such limits again and again. After all, as a Saudi oil minister once said, the Stone Age didn't end for lack of stone. Ecologists call this "niche construction"—that people (and indeed some other animals) can create new opportunities for themselves by making their habitats more productive in some way. Agriculture is the classic example of niche construction: We stopped relying on nature's bounty and substituted an artificial and much larger bounty.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304279904579517862612287156

Petroleum is too specialized of a resource for us to readily invent some random replacement. It isn't stone or copper for which numerous replacements are and were known. There is nothing available with the energy density and the distribution viability of that particular resource. On the application side are all of the billions of machines that must utilize petrol specifically in rather exact states of refinement for the machine to function. Can the world economy stand to totally reengineer virtually every machine and power plant? There is a lot of faith-based messianic economist Jesusthink afoot in this article with no grounding in physics but much in unrelated parts of history.

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Interzone / Re: Objective driven cities
« on: May 01, 2014, 02:46:26 AM »
Post peak oil is one possible scenario. Barring some miracle development to replace fossil fuels, oil would end up de-democratized and instead reserved for emergencies only. That shouldn't exclude the rise of pre-modern empire but it would radically reform our social, economic and cultural experiences. Technology and its distribution would greatly vary. We would seldom see cutting edge but development should be able to continue even if 95% live a 19th century life.

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Interzone / Re: Objective driven cities
« on: April 30, 2014, 09:34:18 PM »
I don't see any way through the way things are toward a sustainability model without some intervening global catastrophe of such magnitude that all the existing centers of power are cast down. If any aren't, they'll step in to fill the power vacuum and it will end up a risky liability for the others to adopt a progressive deep ecology and decentralization model. It would have to start with a world government and that would only reinstate the micromanagement problem along with the catastrophic system failure problem at the very largest scale. On second thought, the secondary and tertiary world powers could collaborate to no longer play along with the contentious primary power centers, radically shift away from globalism, decentralize internally and take on a limited tech, deep ecology level of affluence.

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Well social pressure conspires to hold me back because of my national origin, alternative lifestyle or other attributes that cause me to differ from the majority. Thus, resources are made invisible or not at my disposal. So, I need to dig around in your wallet and take your resources so I can have the same chance as you. If you disagree you're the devil and the government will force you to comply. Agree and I'll keep taking from you in perpetuity.

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Interzone / History proceeds apace with mass executions
« on: April 29, 2014, 12:49:36 PM »
Our mythical End of History's blood-drowned push for global liberal democracy and human rights has demonstrated quite the opposite. Monday, Egypt had sentenced 683 "Islamist" traditionalist Muslim protestors to death in the largest coming mass execution since perhaps Pol Pot's regime. Totalitarian humanism has got to be the most accurate term for every ideological liberal left atrocity of the modern age.

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Interzone / Re: pettiness kills the soul
« on: April 29, 2014, 06:14:18 AM »
The ongoing emo porn of the hippie generation is a big part of it. Live Aid and Mother Theresa were representative in the 1980s. However, they were actually accomplishing something by bringing terrible into a state of pretty bad for a few years before rebounding back to terrible.

Now it comes down to the completely useless like Down's kids getting university scholarships or the latest pitiful foreign adoption by everyone's favorite actors. How cute. How adorable. How nice. But what, eighty-six million supportive tweets later, is better as a result of all the masturbatory emoting?

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Interzone / Re: The media is retardation.
« on: April 26, 2014, 06:09:36 AM »
That's expected of tabloids. But what about the more serious mass publications that we are expected to trust? They have no less of a business motive. That also includes scholarly research where amenable sponsorship makes everything possible. The truth at times is simply what the customer wants to see written.

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Interzone / Re: Objective driven cities
« on: April 26, 2014, 06:02:33 AM »
We pretty much have that already but more at the scale of the facility with one or more close buildings. Hospitals and universities are examples. So too are landfill waste sites and city hall. Many of these are part of what composes a city.

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Interzone / Re: You are your grievance.
« on: April 20, 2014, 04:52:21 AM »
Either way someone gets hurt. Toss innocent people into a PC minefield or visibly mark those who claim victim group affinity. I'm failing to see what progress was made by swapping around who gets the justice. It would seem the burden is on the readily offended to identify themselves as such.

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Interzone / Darkness
« on: April 18, 2014, 06:11:39 AM »
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“Darkness” is shorthand for anything that scares me — that I want no part of — either because I am sure that I do not have the resources to survive it or because I do not want to find out. The absence of God is in there, along with the fear of dementia and the loss of those nearest and dearest to me. So is the melting of polar ice caps, the suffering of children, and the nagging question of what it will feel like to die. If I had my way, I would eliminate everything from chronic back pain to the fear of the devil from my life and the lives of those I love — if I could just find the right night-lights to leave on.

At least I think I would. The problem is this: when, despite all my best efforts, the lights have gone off in my life (literally or figuratively, take your pick), plunging me into the kind of darkness that turns my knees to water, nonetheless I have not died. The monsters have not dragged me out of bed and taken me back to their lair. The witches have not turned me into a bat. Instead, I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light.

http://time.com/65543/barbara-brown-taylor-in-praise-of-darkness/

Embrace of evil is mainstream. In past years, it was a revolting attack on the majority via rejection of their stuffy Christianity. But lately some writers are attempting to move past that and rekindle some long forgotten (suppressed) wisdom.

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Interzone / Re: Police misconduct against Hessians/Punkers
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:37:53 PM »
Yes, however, the authorities were accurately profiling real mischief makers and they did their job by aggressively confronting said youthful malcontents (much younger me and my idiot "friends").

Hopefully this thread will take a more objective turn by avoiding the self-pity and the myths that always result.

It doesn't make sense for someone to go out of their way to overtly avoid fitting in to their local environment, abrogate local customs or reflect the appearance and manner of the people therein while simultaneously expecting no confrontations to occur. It's insane for such an iconoclast to claim they are the victim rather than being a victimizer of the surrounding norms they are deliberately assaulting with their unwanted diversity.

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Interzone / Re: Fourth-generation warfare
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:23:39 PM »
If surveillance revealed someone pouring a bag of white powder into the city water supply would the end results differ? If the bag's contents later turned out to be water soluble baking sugar from a store or a few kilos of arsenic could anyone accurately argue that following the disruptive aftermath no harm was done?

People can be jailed for shouting fire in an occupied public space when there was none. It's all the same principle of 4th generation war: a cheap, simple assault on the more fragile parts of the target's structure.

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Interzone / Fourth-generation warfare
« on: April 17, 2014, 03:39:54 PM »
Terrorism or teen prank? The result is the same.

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland water officials are discarding 38 million gallons of drinking water after a 19-year-old was caught urinating into one of the city's reservoirs.

A security camera caught the man urinating at about 1 a.m. PT Wednesday through an iron fence into Mount Tabor Reservoir No. 5 in southeastern Portland, said Administrator David Shaff of the Portland Water Bureau. Minutes later, two other men, ages 18 and 19, attempted to scale the fence and one of them entered the reservoir.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/17/water-reservoir-urination/7814581/

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Interzone / Re: Crimea 2014
« on: April 17, 2014, 03:36:44 PM »
About some of the pro-Russian side:

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Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to "register" with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city's Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated," reported Ynet News, Israel's largest news website.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/17/jews-ordered-to-register-in-east-ukraine/7816951/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomWorld-TopStories+(USATODAY+-+World+Top+Stories)

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